Some Great Evangelism Articles: My Judgmental Look at the 2019 EPA Higher Goals Contest

ChurchLeaders | 5/12/2019 | Staff
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I was asked to be a judge this year for the 2019 Evangelical Press Association Higher Goals Contest for the area of evangelism.

While I applaud all those that competed, I want to highlight the top five in descending order. I will also attach the link to the article so that you can go and check them out.

People - Need - Contextualization - People - Truth

Some people don’t see the need for good contextualization. They believe people need to stick with telling the truth and preaching the word. I’m all for telling the truth and preaching the word. Here’s the problem, though: I can speak the truth and preach the word in English all day long, but if I’m speaking to a group of French-speaking West Africans, it does me no good.

Melanie Clinton’s article gives us a reminder that, while salvation bracelets are an evangelistic hit at the local Vacation Bible School here in America, they aren’t in West Africa. Based upon how Africans understand color and perceive “beads,” the use of a salvation bracelet is ineffective.

Africa - America - Contextualization - Impact - Melanie

Just as in Africa, we in America need to engage in good contextualization for greater gospel impact. Melanie writes, “In order to share the gospel effectively, we have to forget what feels comfortable and natural in our own culture and embrace what works in the culture we’re serving in.”

In short, engaging in good contextualization leads to greater gospel impact.

History - Roots - Believers - Networks - Denominations

Understanding one’s history is like a tree deepening its roots. That’s why it is important for believers, networks and denominations to link themselves to some kind of orthodox history. Knowing our history deepens our connectivity to our mission and vision. When denominations have either forgotten or ignored their roots they often find themselves tossed in the direction of the cultural winds.

Douglas Powe’s article “Four Practices that Characterize Wesleyan Evangelism” helps remind us of some of...
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